Reviews and Blog Posts: NASA

How we'll live on Mars

by Stephen L. Petranek

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I’ve wanted to go to space basically my entire life. One thing that’s always interested me is how we’ll live there- what you can eat, how a different gravity will feel, and if a human could really handle never being outside in the open air again. How We’ll Live on...

Happy pluto flyby, new horizons!

This morning at about 7:50 a.m. eastern time, the New Horizons spacecraft flew within 7,800 miles of Pluto at a speed of 31,000 mph. We probably won't get to see pictures and data until tomorrow because it's not communicating with Earth right now while it gathers data. It's supposed to re-start communications at about 8 p.m.

Earth from space

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This amazing documentary explores the use of satellites and their myriad uses.  Satellites are mapping the floor of the ocean, collecting data about glacier melt and identifying weather patterns.  Many of them are nearing their end of life -- will the U.S. be renting space from China's satellites in the near...

An Astronaut's guide to life on earth

by Chris Hadfield

Part memoir, part self-help, part description of what life is really like as an astronaut, this book was fascinating. Hadfield dreamed of becoming an astronaut from the time he was nine years old. He knew that it was a long shot (at the time, Canada did not even have a...

Lunar Eclipse Tonight - Late Monday, Early Tuesday April 14-15, 2014

Starts 12:30 a.m; peaks 1:46 a.m.; emerges 3 a.m. MDT. Photo credit:

A couple of times a year, the celestial bodies align so that the earth's shadow obscures the moon. The shadow will move across the moon starting just after midnight Mountain Time. The eclipse will be full around 1:46 a.m. and then the moon will emerge from shadow about 3 a.m. The moon will turn a deep reddish color during the eclipse. Lunar eclipses are safe to look at directly. You're looking at the moon, not the sun. It can be viewed with the naked eye or binoculars.

Sex on the Moon : the amazing story behind the most audacious heist in history

by Ben Mezrich

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Although this book was difficult for me to get into, it was certainly a unique, interesting story to read. It was written by Ben Mezrich, who also wrote The Accidental Billionaires, the book on which the film The Social Network is based.  Thad Roberts left behind a Morman upbringing and devoted all...

Packing for Mars : the curious science of life in the void

by Mary Roach

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I never got to go to space camp as a child, despite entering every contest, and part of me has always wondered if things had gone differently, would I be an astronaut? Thank you, Mary Roach, for crushing all of my romantic images of space travel and revealing the annoying,...


by Warren Ellis

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Orbiter is a short and fantastical story about the mysterious return of the shuttle Venture. After Venture and its crew disappeared ten years ago, the world favored safety over curiosity and abandoned the idea of manned space flight. Now, the seemingly underemployed veterans of the space program must investigate Venture’s...

Riding rockets : the outrageous tales of a space shuttle astronaut

by R. Mike Mullane

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This is a very funny and really interesting look at what it was like to be a NASA space shuttle astronaut.  Told by a man who admittedly suffers from "arrested development" and who happens to be in the first group to include females (Sally Ride was in this group), Mike...

Create, Learn, Discuss!


Fresh City Life My Branch has an event for you this week, whether you want to talk books, get recipes for your picnics, learn mahjongg or flower arranging, or hear about the history of NASA's Apollo program.

There are 2 opportunities to join in on a book discussion this week:

Between the Covers at Ross-Cherry Creek will discuss In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin on Tuesday, July 19 at 2:00 p.m.

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